Can-do from the region to restock foodbank

Stocking the shelves . . . Combined Churches Food Bank co-ordinator Sandra Schouten is delighted at the response to a can drive last week. PHOTO: TRACIE BARRETT

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‘Tis the season for giving Alexandra and Clyde residents did just that on Wednesday last week for the Combined Churches Food Bank can drive.

Volunteer drivers picked up donations of non-perishable goods from people’s driveways and curbs, and more volunteers spent Thursday sorting the canned food and other goods.

The “can drive” was fantastic, Salvation Army corps officer Captain Logan Bathurst said had for the last few years”.

He said after the first lockdown last year for Covid-19, “we saw an uptick in generosity from people responding to needs in the community”.

Food Bank co-ordinator Sandra Schouten said it was “a great response” from the community at a time of increased need.

“Lots more people are struggling so we have a higher demand this year,” she said.

“In the last month, we saw a definite increase in food parcel requests.”

The foodbank benefited from the Covid lockdown last year as many restaurants and cafes gave basic supplies such as flour, sugar, canned food and bread, Mrs Schouten said.

Throughout this year, the service had to buy such basics in as they were always required, she said.